Cotton, copper thread, MX dyes
40" x 14"
"The seven thousand year old history of the loom has evolved into the modern technology we are all so accustomed to today. From the prehistoric age to the digital age, the loom was the first advancement in binary code to have a massive influence on the world of humans; it has forgone an evolution like none other and informed the very thing that has single handedly transformed humanity for the second time, the computer. Math is involved in the engineering of the loom, prevailing as a tool of genius, for it is essentially the first advanced technology predicating the computer as a universal machine for processing characters. Affirming the connection between loom and computer in my studio practice, a jacquard style loom was used to make this work depicting aspects of photographic imagery taken by computers in the CERN lab, where quantum physics is researched. By exploring my interests in the cosmos, the quantum world, and metaphysics I am hyperaware of the possibility for momentary entanglements with wonder. A jacquard loom allows for weavers like me to incorporate accurate representations of scientific data in artwork by juxtaposing computer aided technology with the slow process oriented hand work of weaving; each thread mimicking the corresponding pixel in a digital weave file. The matrix of the loom grid translates to a computer matrix, a pixel is a thread, and analog merges with digital; technology aided hand weaving is the synthesis of ancient craft embracing the future. Weaving provides me the gift of experiencing the world around me through the act of making, conjuring transcendence in process, all while using a tool that is as radical and complex in its abilities as it is in its history of evolution."
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This piece is part of the exhibition Nuance: Craftsmanship, Imagination, Innovation, on view in the Sally D Francisco Gallery through May 19th. Purchased pieces can be picked up or shipped after this date.